Irene Grosvenor Wheelock


John Muir




Saturday May 24 1902

Dear Mr Muir,

On my return from your pleasant home last Wednesday I found my sister's family quarantined with diphtheria and my two little folks in the care of a friend at the hotel. The patient was my nephew a student at Stanford who was sent home sick that day. On this account I have come here for a few days but leave for Pacific Grove tomorrow where I want to put in at least a month of bird study before going to Lake Tahoe




meanwhile I want to express to you and Mrs Muir my grateful appreciation of the courtesies you extended to me, a stranger. Mr Muir's charming tact made me feel at ease in spite of my mortification at having to intrude on your hospitality for the night. Had I known there was no hostelry at Muir I would have timed my visit so as to return the same day. But it is "An ill wind that blows no body good" and while my stay was an imposition on your scotch hospitality




it was a "Red Letter" day for me. "The mountains of California" is intensely fascinating and I can scarcely lay it aside for necessary duties. Of all the chapters I enjoyed "A windstorm in the Sierras" best for I seem to be with you on the swaying tree top. Next to that, the Douglas Squirrel appeals most to me and yet, as Dr Jordan says, the "Water Ouzel" is a classic. It is difficult to choose when each one is so fine. But reading this only makes




me the more anxious to have you consent to write an introduction for my humble effort. Can you not give me some idea of what to write Mc C[illegible] about your price? Put it high and as soon as you write me about it I will forward the letter to them. Of course we understand this all depends upon whether the ms. meets your approval. You can send letter to me at El Carmelo, Pacific Grove. Cal. Thanking you sincerely for your kindness and awaiting your reply I am, with best regards to Mrs



Muir and your daughters,

Respectfully yours

Irene Grosvenor Wheelock


San Francisco

Date Original

1902 May 24


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 12, Image 0432

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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